Thursday 30th July
Main Lesson Plan
Summary of Yesterday's Story
In your main lesson book (large blue or purple book), draw a picture of yesterday's story.
Saul chose three thousand men from the Israelites to fight. Two thousand stayed with him and one thousand were under the command of his son Jonathan. The Philistines gathered three thousand chariots, six thousand horsemen and foot soldiers, as many as the sand on the seashore. The Israelites realised that they were outnumbered and so many hid themselves in caves, holes, rocks, tombs and in pits. Many crossed the river Jordan into other lands. When Saul counted the men he had with him, there were only six hundred remaining.
Saul, Jonathan and the Israelites who remained with them, stayed in their camp. Meanwhile, the Philistines divided into three divisions and spread out to steal whatever they could. Jonathan, the son of Saul went with a young man into the camp of the Philistines without telling his father. Saul in the meantime was sitting beneath a pomegranate tree with his six hundred men, none of which knew that Jonathan had left.
Along the ravine by which Jonathan tried to go over to the Philistines there was a steep rock on one side name The Shining and the other was called The Thorny. Jonathan said to his comrade who carried his armour, “Let us go over to the camp of the Philistines. Perhaps God will act for us, for there is nothing that can keep God from delivering his people either by many or a few.” He further added that if the Philistines told them to stand still so they could reach them, they would stand still and not give up their place. However, if they told them to go up towards them, then they would and this would be a sign that God had given the Philistines over into their power.
Jonathan and the young man climbed up to the Philistines and they fell before Jonathan. In the first attack, twenty Philistines were killed and a great, God sent panic spread among all the Philistines, even those who were far away robbing the land. From a distance, Saul saw the Philistines rushing here and there. They found Jonathan and Saul then ordered that the Ark of the Covenant be brought to the place in which they stood. The Philistines were in complete disorder and so Saul commanded that they would not wait to consult with God about their next moves and went into battle. God delivered them that day and they were triumphant against the Philistines, however Saul had made a grave mistake.
He proclaimed to everyone that anyone who ate any food before the evening and before he took vengeance on his enemies would be severely punished. So, no one tasted any food. However, Jonathan was not present when Saul had made this announcement and he did not know. In the forest, he found some honey and wishing to feel refreshed, he did not hesitate to eat it. When Jonathan was told of his father’s proclamation, he replied that if only they had all tasted the honey, they would have been refreshed and fought better against the Philistines.
That night, Saul asked God if they should go after the Philistines and steal from them, but there was no reply. Saul then asked who had done wrong in his camp. It was found that Jonathan had disobeyed his father’s orders and so Saul ordered that his own son must die. Jonathan stood readily before his father, willing to receive his punishment, but the people of Israel told Saul that he should not die, since Jonathan was the one who had brought them victory against the Philistines. In the end, the people of Israel saved Jonathan’s life.
For writing today, I’d like you to come up with your own sentences. I’d like you to write about the brave deed that Jonathan did. When Saul and all of the Israelite army were waiting and not fighting, what did Jonathan do that ultimately saved his people? Listen to the recap to help you.
Please do your writing by yourself as much as possible in your English practice book (medium blue or green book). When you finish, please edit your work – read through it and check for mistakes. Then you can ask mum or dad to correct your writing. If this has taken a long time and you are feeling tired, then don’t worry about writing a good copy. However, if you can, a good copy can be written in your main lesson book (large blue or purple book).
Please be mindful of capital letters and full-stops. There must be a capital letter after every full-stop, for every name and for I. Space out your writing so that it is easy to make corrections if you need to.
When you are writing, it is important to remember that if someone else reads your writing, they might not know what you are talking about if you do not explain yourself clearly. For example, if you write “he left the camp without telling his father”. Someone who reads this won’t know who left the camp. So especially at the beginning of your writing, it’s important to use people’s names so that afterwards, when you use the words he or she, the person reading will know who you are talking about. For example, it is better to write “Jonathan left the camp without telling his father.”
Create a quiet space to listen to this story. Make sure that there is nothing in your hands and that you are comfortable. Play the music or you can sing if you remember the song as you light your candle.
(Arranged by Catherine Delanoy)